The Agriculture and Environment theme includes large future-oriented issues, such as the Common Agriculture Policy, the Sustainable Development Strategy, the EU Forestry Strategy, as well as more specific and technical issues linked to waste management, animal health standards and aquaculture measures.
By virtue of its role in the EU institutional set up, the EESC contributes to strenthening the democratic legitimacy of the EuropeanUnion by contributing to the development of a more participatory model of society acting both as a privileged interlocutor in the dialogue between civil society organisations and the European institutions and as organised civil society's institutional forum for representation, consultation, information and expression.
The Europe 2020 Strategy is the current EU reform agenda for growth and jobs. It aims at helping Europe to recover from the crisis and to transform it into a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy with high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion and at reinforcing the EU as an actor in global governance.
The current strategy pleas for a new kind of growth (smart, sustainable and inclusive), for a country-tailored approach and counts on stronger governance. Europe 2020 mobilises all existing EU policies (Single market, external policy, etc.), legislation, financial instruments as well as the coordination between member states.
The Information society theme deals with three main issues: e-accessibility, bridging the digital gap in Europe and protecting children, and helping people with disabilities to use computers and the new media.
The institutional reform theme covers all of the EESC activities and contributions related to the treaty reform process since the Laeken Declaration of 15 December 2001 to the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty on 1 December 2009, and particularly during the Convention on the Future of Europe between February 2002 and July 2003.
The Social Affairs theme covers a broad range of issues.
Social Affairs and its sub-themes are mainly treated by the Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship (SOC) and the Labour Market Observatory (LMO).
The Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) also intervene in the social aspects of industrial change.